Josephs Brau Winter Brew | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Josephs Brau Winter BrewJosephs Brau Winter Brew
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Josephs Brau Winterfest

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,273
Reviews:
208
Ratings:
330
pDev:
12.57%
Bros Score:
3.55
 
 
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Photo of Chuckeg15
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeCorleone
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeledonia
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 9 December 2015.

Pours a deep, clear, medium reddish brown. Lovely color. Half a finger of off-white head, decent retention and lacing.

Smell is rich, bready, and sweet. Brown sugar, bready yeast. Not super complex, but nice.

Taste is solid. Starts out mildly sweet, a little thin-candy-sugar like. Lacking the depth I want. A bit of dark fruit, some herbal bitterness. Okay, not great.

Feel is okay. On the thin, slick side. Enough carbonation. Doesn't hurt, doesn't help.

A decent doppelbock. Could use some more variety, depth, complexity, whatever you want to call it. Rather thin and simple.

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Photo of AGuyWhoBrokeBad
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Trader Joe's has done it again! This is a great value at $6 for a 6-pack. A very solid, very smooth, malty and dark beer. Lots of flavor and a great solid looking color.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2 X 12oz bottles, dated almost a year apart. Notes after tasting) Both poured a rich amber color, with a small amount of beige colored head. Not too much to the aroma. The year-old version was too sweet for me, almost cloyingly sweet, but the malty-ness and sweetness were nicely balanced with fresh one. The year-old one had a sticky mouth-feel.

I didn't know what to expect from the year-old version of this beer, but I found I liked the fresher version better. Regardless of age, although I would happily drink this beer if offered to me, I would not seek it out.

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Photo of lemmy187
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AluminumBadFalcon
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a winter warmer, technically, but a nice cool weather beer nonetheless. Finishes dry and slightly more tart than I prefer.

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Photo of Segnem5
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GatorCoop
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UPMD_Bill
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid all-around double bock for the winter. Great value for the money.

Nice roasted caramel aroma with some spice (ginger? anise?). Malty but clean, with some mild hop balance.

Note: the bottle I saved until March wasn't as good as I remember it being earlier in the winter. So it may not keep as well as I hoped.

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Photo of shivtim
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dicers
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papat444
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MidloRapid
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pintwacky
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MartyMaltose
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Trader Joe's. Think 2 parts Paulaner Salvator, 1 part George Killian's. Solid winter enjoyment for people who want to save a buck here and there.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GPayne757
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a $6.49/6 pack bombshell. Nice sweet and malty inviting nose. The feel of this beer was just right, nice carbonation. The taste on this was dark malts, little notes of caramel, with a tad of bitter/sweet finish. The finish stayed around for quite awhile. Very impressive for a bargain beer. Seek it out!!!

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jebrew
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ranger7
2.89/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just ok. Thin feel. Dark and nutty, mostly malty flavor.

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Josephs Brau Winter Brew from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 330 ratings